Twenty two year old swimmer Dylan Carter ensured that Trinidad and Tobago wasted little time in leaving their watermark on the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with a silver medal in the 50m butterfly event.
In so doing, Carter became his country’s first ever Commonwealth Games medalist in the pool—a feat that follows his silver medal hauls in the 2013 Junior World Championships and again in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Tokyo 2020, here we come!
One word of advice, can someone clean up Carter’s Wikipedia page? At present it reads: “He is also well known for having a body crafted by Greek gods and being ridiculously well endowed. It has been confirmed by multiple sources.”
We want to see this young fellah on the podium, eh, not in ah porn!
The other big local winners thus far have been lightweight boxer Michael Alexander and squash star Kale Wilson.
By the time Alexander was done with Kenyan Nicholas Okoth on Thursday night, the Commonwealth contest closer resembled Inspector Alexander versus Ian Alleyne, Part Deux.
It was enough to put Alexander into Monday’s Round of 16 contest—when he will face India’s Manish Kaushik—and finally banish memories of Nigel Paul’s short and not too sweet stint in the ring at the Rio Olympics. Ouch.
The Toronto-based Wilson, 25, wiped the floor with Seychelles Klaus Pragassen to advance to tomorrow’s quarterfinal round, where he will face British Virgin Islands squash player Joe Chapman. Another good showing and it might dawn on Trinidad and Tobago that squash is not just a game played by Wall Street brokers while casually discussing the fate of the other 99 percent.
There was a win too for evergreen local table tennis icon Dexter St Louis, as he beat Northern Ireland’s Ashley Robinson 3-1, for Trinidad and Tobago’s only ping pong win at the Gold Coast so far.
Robinson, in case you were wondering, is 24 years old. St Louis is 50. So much for being too old to soca, eh?
Still, it was not enough for an overall triumph for the “Red, White and Black” as Yuvraaj Dookram lost in straight sets to Paul McCreery while the doubles team of Dookram and Aaron Wilson also fell 3-0.
Good luck in the singles fellahs. And you too, Rheann Chung!
Cyclist Njisane Phillip and his compatriots, Nicholas Paul and Kwesi Browne failed to advance in the Keirin competition but return to action at 11:32pm tonight for the Men’s sprint.
Carter returns to the pool for the 100m freestyle at 9:54pm tonight—our time—while the pair of Dayante Stewart, 17, and Daniel Williams, 29, square off against St Kitts and Nevis opposition in the men’s beach volleyball competition.
And just after midnight on Sunday, it will be time for track, as 20 year old Florida-based dynamo, Khalifa St Fort, is scheduled to be the first of Trinidad and Tobago’s 24 sprinters in action at the Gold Coast.
Gi’ dem tempo, TTO!